In a moment no doubt inducing demented ecstasy for large swaths of the far right portion of the American population, the White House posted a message on Twitter this Friday that implies that the only “true” Americans are the religious ones.
On the occasion of President Trump addressing the Values Voter Summit, an annual gathering of far right conservatives, the staffers behind the official White House Twitter account took to tweeting out apparent quotes from his speech. These quotes included a claim that the president likes to repeat in contexts like the Values Voter Summit, namely, that “in America, we don’t worship government, we worship God.”
Check out the official White House Twitter post below.
With this Twitter post — and with the president’s speech — the White House has turned into even more of a Constitution-defying far right, conservative Christian stronghold.
The Constitution mandates the separation of church and state, and although other presidents have made comments similar to Trump’s in the past, the context for Trump’s remarks makes them all the more sinister.
When, on Friday, Trump became the first sitting president to address the Values Voter Summit, he was just coming off having slashed ACA-mandated payments to insurance companies meant to help lower coverage costs for millions of Americans.
He has, of course, taken numerous other steps to undercut the security of low income Americans and other disadvantaged subsets of society, having literally came into office pledging to deport over ten million people just because they didn’t have the proper paperwork. (He claims, of course, that undocumented immigrants pose some sort of special threat to the safety and security of the United States.)
Ensuring that he has a rock solid hold on the minds of his followers, Trump is, while speaking to the religious ones among them at least, claiming that he has “God’s blessing” for his work. He has thus enacted disturbing connections to genocidal movements throughout history right inside the White House.
Trump addressed this same conference in 2015 and 2016, and it’s worth noting that even though he says all this stuff meant to make conservative evangelicals feel good, he doesn’t actually adhere to the morals they claim to support.
Below, check out a selection of the Twitter comments pointing out that it is incorrect to characterize America as a place where we all worship “God.”
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